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Penn State Football: Barkley Named To Doak Walker Watch List

by on July 20, 2017 2:00 PM

Junior running back Saquon Barkley is among the candidates selected to the Doak Walker Award watch list for the nation’s top running back. This is Barkley’s second watch list appearance this summer with a berth on the Maxwell Award list.

Penn State’s lone Doak Walker Award winner was Larry Johnson in 2002. Ki-Jana Carter and Curtis Enis were finalists for the award in 1994 and 1997, respectively.

The Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 to recognize the nation’s premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. It is the only major collegiate football award that requires all candidates to be on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification. The award is presented annually by the SMU Athletic Forum.

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Nine different Nittany Lions have been named to preseason watch lists.

They include: junior running back Saquon Barkley – Maxwell Award (National Player of the Year), Doak Walker Award (nation’s top running back); junior quarterback Trace McSorley – Maxwell Award (National Player of the Year), Wuerffel Trophy (college football’s premier award for community service), Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback), Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation’s top quarterback based on his accomplishments on and off the field); senior safety Marcus Allen – Lott IMPACT Trophy (National Defensive of the Year on and off the field), Bednarik Award (National Defensive of the Year), Nagurski Trophy (National Defensive of the Year), Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back); senior linebacker Jason Cabinda – Lott IMPACT Trophy (National Defensive of the Year on and off the field), Bednarik Award (National Defensive of the Year), Nagurski Trophy (National Defensive of the Year), Butkus Award (top linebacker); senior tight end Mike Gesicki –Mackey Award (top tight end); senior linebacker Brandon Smith – Allstate AFCA Good Works; senior kicker Tyler Davis – Lou Groza Award (top kicker); sophomore punter Blake Gillikin – Ray Guy Award (top punter); head coach James Franklin – Bobby Dodd Trophy (nation’s top coach).

 

 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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